The Zwickel family, of Shenandoah, is the latest to match the $10,000 "family challenge" that has been presented to the Shenandoah Iowa Education Foundation.  Zac and Amy Zwickel are shown here with sons Zayne (behind) and Seth while on a recent vacation. Read about their "match" and that of the Pat and Julie O'Hara family in the story below here.

October 14, 2019

Two additional families – both of them with kids still in the Shenandoah Schools and both with college bills likely in their future – have stepped up in recent days to match the $10,000 “family challenge” that the Shenandoah Iowa Education Foundation was presented with in September.

They are the Pat & Julie O’Hara family and the Zac & Amy Zwickel family.

The “family challenge” was started by the family of former Shenandoah High School teacher, coach and administrator Bob Sw...

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September 18, 2019

The Shenandoah Iowa Education Foundation announced this week it has received a $10,000 pledge in a “family challenge” from the family of former Shenandoah High School teacher, coach and administrator Bob Sweeney and his wife Kathy Sweeney, now of Atlantic.

That challenge, if met and matched by 99 other families, would mean the foundation over the next 15 years would grow the endowment it is creating by $1 million.  That endowment will exist for the long-term support and enhancement of the Shenandoah Community Schools, plus the interest money it...

September 17, 2019

Almost immediately after the family of Bob and Kathy Sweeney posed a "family challenge" to the Shenandoah Iowa Education Foundation -- seeking 99 families to join them in donating $10,000 to foundation over the next 10 years -- the family of Corby and Jean Fichter responded, "We'll match it!"

You can read about the Sweeneys, of Atlantic, and their challenge in another story on this website.

So, let's meet the Fichters, of Shenandoah.

Corby Fichter, president of the education foundation since its beginning in 2016, is a graduate of Fremont Mills Hi...

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All are invited on Nov. 20 for our
2019 salute to Shenandoah teachers,
staff and "friend of education." Come
join us at the Elks Lodge.


November 11, 2019

The public is invited on Wednesday, Nov. 20, as the Shenandoah Iowa Education Foundation joins the Shenandoah Education Association and the schools’ Support Staff Association to honor the 2019 teacher of the year, support staff person of the year and “friend of education” as the Shenandoah Community School District celebrates American Education Week.


The event at the Elks Lodge in Shenandoah begins at 5 p.m. with a social hour, a welcome at 5:30, heavy hors d’oeuvres and then a program at 6:30 p.m. It’s all free, but donations to the education foundation will be accepted.

“The foundation encourages our entire community, especially our community leaders, to join us for the celebration,” said Corby Fichter, foundation president. “This event is specifically to give our community an opportunity to say thank you to all our teachers and staff for all they do in providing our youth with the absolute best education possible.”

Noting that the school district has just been through a contentious $14.7 million school bond issue, which was rejected, Fichter said the Nov. 20 event is a good time for the public to pull back together in support of our schools.


“The Shenandoah Iowa Education Foundation is here to support all our teachers and staff, no matter what, for the very long run,” he said. “American Education Week is a good time for all of us in the public to show our support for what the schools do for our communities.”


The program will feature several teachers briefly talking about “why we  teach,” as well as describing some of the special program enhancements that have been enabled by $500 “mini-grants” that the education foundation frequently provides.


Thanks to the SHS Class of 1969 for
a thoughtful donation after their
50-year reunion this fall

November 11, 2019

After the Shenandoah High School Class of 1969 gathered during the recent "Shenfest" celebration, the class made a $134 donation to the Shenandoah Iowa Education Foundation.

"We appreciate the foundation's mission and also the hard work the members contribute to accomplish it," wrote Linda Chesshire Haldane, a Class of '69 spokesperson.




An update on our foundation as we start 2019: Our endowment has climbed to $73,000, and in five months of 2018, more than 90 joined our "$100 Club"

© 2017 Shenandoah Iowa Education Foundation.  

P.O. Box 351, Shenandoah IA 51601

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